Berrien County Commissioner Teri Sue Freehling Addresses Battle Of Curiosity Points, Thanks Colleagues

Berrien County Commissioner Teri Sue Freehling is talking out to thank her colleagues on the fee for the kindness proven for the reason that dying of her husband earlier this yr. In a press release to the board learn at Thursday’s assembly, Freehling additionally addressed the problems which have led to each a police investigation and now an investigation by a particular counsel employed by the fee into potential conflicts of curiosity together with her late husband’s enterprise. She famous she’s been on “a steep studying curve” since Patrick Freehling’s dying, together with “studying new details about requisitions for drain contracts introduced to the Board for work finished by Hartzler Excavating LLC in 2017-18 and REV Excavating LLC in 2018 and 2019.”

Freehling says she had no authorized curiosity in her late husband’s Baroda Valley Farms LLC, which rented tools for Berrien County Drain Fee tasks to each Hartzler and REV. She abstained from votes on the most important undertaking requisitions by each contractors, however not all as a result of she didn’t know her husband’s firm was concerned on some. Since his passing, the LLC’s shares have been transferred to different companions, together with her father-in-law. Freehling concludes by saying she intends to analysis absolutely and can abstain from votes sooner or later if there may be “any doubt about their participation for any matter delivered to this Board.”